The R&D activities of Centexbel-VKC support the textile, plastic converting and related companies with the explicit aim to reinforce the innovation capacity of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and to assist the industry in its transition to a sustainable future. As a research institution created by and for the industry, we initiate and participate in publicly funded pre-competitive research projects and in market-oriented contract research projects.

To guarantee total impartiality and to avoid any conflict of interest, we explicitly exclude all product development in those areas covered by the CE certification scope for which we are accredited.

The ALIGNED project will deliver a modelling framework to assess and optimise the environmental and socio-economic performance of bio-based industries.

CISUTAC will find a solution to the current bottlenecks in the transition to circular and sustainable textiles and clothing.

SUINK will do away with large amounts of copper cables in millions of cars by replacing them with bio-based piezoelectric modules. It is a great example of how a novel technology can reduce the use of raw materials while increasing the bio-based and/or recycled content in the automotive sector.

The TOOL4LIFE project manufactures tools in thermoplastic materials with hybrid technology (AM followed by milling and in-mould coating). The process makes it possible to use less polymer material, consume less energy and emit less CO2.

Degradable coatings increase the biodegradability of coated materials and simplify waste treatment and recycling without impurities from coating polymers.

The TEX2CE project 'from linear to circular textiles' aims to encourage textile companies to reuse their current products at end-of-life.

PLASTICE will develop a set of new valorization processes that are aligned with the most relevant roadmaps of chemical recycling technologies at European level.

RELIANCE aims to design and develop smart response self-disinfectant antimicrobial nano-coatings based on a new range of smart antimicrobial nanoparticles.

Development of novel bio-based anti-fouling coating agents that can be used commercially in both marine and terrestrial applications.

PRecycling, a Horizon Europe project, aims to develop an easy-to-use methodology for sorting, sampling, tracing and recycling plastic waste streams, including detection and separation of legacy additives, along with standard analysis procedures for both plastic waste materials and recyclates (secondary raw materials) in order to produce consistently high quality, safe-to-use recyclates based on their degradation degree and added-value products with predicted lifetime.